What is Consciousness?
The concept of consciousness can be looked at from a number of perspectives.
Consciousness, commonly refers to being self aware, or conscious of one's own existence. We identify ourselves as an individual, are aware of our thoughts and emotions, and our physical body and its relationship to the world around us. But what is it that is conscious? Is it a construct of the mind? And is the mind a product of the brain? Is Consciousness the result of the mind's interaction and interpretation of the external and internal world?
When the mind becomes less cluttered, it's possible to observe thoughts taking place, emotions too. What is that observes? Is it still the mind? Is this observer our true individual consciousness?
There is another interpretation that sees Consciousness, not as the end result of experience, but as the origin of thoughts and emotions, and of existence itself. Consciousness in this interpretation is also known as: The Absolute, Brahman, Universal Self, Love, or God.
It is popular to make parallels with ideas in modern physics. For example space is considered not to be empty, but a source of virtual particles, coming into, and going out of existence, which can become 'real' under the right circumstances. Similarly, Consciousness is said to be the substrate for all existence, which manifests as the world we experience.
Consider Consciousness as a pond of water. It's undifferentiated and has no structure. Our experience of individual consciousness is like a wave on the surface. We interact and experience other waves, but are unaware of the depths of the pond. But waves only exist as movements of consciousness and don't exist in their own right, eventually becoming part of the stillness once again.
What are our experiences- mind, body, or depths of the pond...?
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